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Leyla Weighs In
January 6, 2017
Today, Hoffman Center Nutritionist Leyla Muedin answers this listener question: "Do you agree that antioxidants play an important role in prolonging life or assisting the aging process, or elsewhere? Which antioxidants are best?"



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Natural Treatment of Neurological Disorders, Part 1
January 5, 2017
Dr. Sidney Kurn, co-author of "Herbs and Nutrients for Neurological Disorders," details natural treatment strategies for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, multiple sclerosis, migraine, and seizures. A veteran neurologist, Dr. Kurn contends that shared mechanisms underlie many neurodegenerative diseases: mitochondrial dysfunction, disruption of the microbiome, free radicals, neuro-excitation, nutrient insufficiencies, environmental toxicity, and genetics. What’s the role for marijuana compounds in alleviating neurodegeneration? How are heavy metals implicated? Why are organic foods preferable? What role for supplements like ubiquinol, inosine, B vitamins, antioxidants, Mucuna pruriens, curcumin, resveratrol, huperzine, acetyl-l-carnitine, Omega 3s, magnesium taurate, nicotinamide riboside, ginkgo biloba and PQQ? Click HERE for part 2.



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Natural Treatment of Neurological Disorders, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Sidney Kurn, co-author of "Herbs and Nutrients for Neurological Disorders." Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: Reversal of Cognitive Decline, Part 1
January 3, 2017
Dr. Dale Bredesen is a board-certified neurologist who is author of a landmark paper entitled: “Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program.” He is founding president of the Buck Institute where world-class scientists tackle age-related problems. Dr. Bredesen is spear-heading research of a comprehensive program for reversing symptoms of dementia with lifestyle modification, supplements, diet, bio-identical hormones, and detoxification. A huge problem looms as millions of aging Baby Boomers become candidates for Alzheimer’s: for those without the ApoE4 allele, the risk is 9%; with one of two alleles, it soars to 30%; and with a “double-hit” of ApoE4 the risk becomes 90%. Dr. Bredesen is critical of the current “magic bullet” approach to development of Alzheimer’s drugs. While not discounting their potential, he believes the problem is so multi-faceted that it will require attention to numerous modifiable risk factors. “Normal” levels of B12, homocysteine, vitamin D, insulin, and C-reactive protein may not be optimal for prevention of cognitive decline. Adequate sleep, stress reduction, and exercise are lifestyle approaches that need to be deployed aggressively to counter memory loss. Promising supplements include resveratrol, DHA, Lion’s Mane, Bacopa, Ashwaganda, acetyl-l-carnitine, curcumin, citicholine, and nicotinamide riboside. Attention must be given to hormones, especially testosterone and pregnenolone which can be neuro-protective. Heavy metals like iron, mercury, lead and cadmium are implicated in some cases of cognitive decline. When it comes to diet, some controversy remains, but the ideal food program should target insulin resistance and inflammation. To this end, ketogenic diets, plant-based nutrition, gluten-avoidance and intermittent fasting show promise. Dr. Bredesen has demonstrated that cognitive decline CAN be reversed with a multi-factorial approach; if inaugurated early enough, patients can experience dramatic recovery of functionality. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Reversal of Cognitive Decline, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Dale Bredesen, board-certified neurologist who is author of a landmark paper entitled: “Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program.” Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for December 17, Part 2
December 19, 2016
When it comes to heart disease, does your DNA seal your fate? Or can healthy lifestyle overcome genetic predisposition? Can exercise alter the expression of fat genes? What to do for SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)? When doctors disagree about a diagnosis of peripheral vascular disease; Runners' brains may be more connected; Leucine supplementation helps prevent muscle wasting in the elderly; Inadequate fluid intake is common among obese. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for December 3, Part 1
December 4, 2016
Parkinson's Disease and macular degeneration may start in the gut; 60 Minutes devotes almost an entire program to "advances" in Alzheimer's research, meanwhile another epic-fail for BigPharma as multimillion dollar Alzheimer's candidate drugs crash & burn; Lutein and zeaxanthin improve brain function; Thanks for the memories--sex boosts memory in women; Is red yeast rice OK for lowering cholesterol? What to do to avert dialysis? Fruits and vegetables preserve kidney function in hypertensive African-Americans. Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for December 3, Part 2

I took an internet quiz and it told me I needed to go on statins--what's up with that? Irony alert: Big Mac inventor dies at 98 and world's oldest woman at 117 eats eggs and eschews fruits and vegetables; Could Candida prompt a vaccine reaction? What's the difference between Azulfidine and Lialda for ulcerative colitis? Go outside and play--it's good for your eyes; ketogenic diet for pain control; Scurvy, once thought to be an ancient disease, makes a comeback; Exercise may keep your brain from shrinking--but not if you use anabolic steroids. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for November 19, Part 1
November 21, 2016
Probiotics improve cognition in Alzheimer's Disease, support vision in wet macular degeneration; A caller complains her thyroid medications aren't working; What is "Moducare" and how best to take it? Iron deficiency can lead to false hemoglobin A1c results; More states legalize recreational marijuana amid new evidence of heart harms; Siri--do I have heart disease? Candida a key factor in Crohn's Disease. Click HERE for part 2. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for November 19, Part 2

NY Times gets election wrong, betrays readers with second epic fail on supplements; Pushback against vitamin D naysayers; E-cigarettes deliver respiratory problems; Will fish oil interfere with my blood thinner for atrial fibrillation? Popular heartburn medications raise risk for stroke; "Vampire" rejuvenation therapy taps blood transfusions from 18-year-olds. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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